I remember in the not-too-distant past when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs mentioned in one of his keynote speeches that the most popular camera used to take and upload pictures to the Flickr network was the one embedded within the iPhone 4. That may or may not still be the case, but the statistic alone shows that a highly capable camera is undoubtedly one of the most popular functions of the iPhone.
The native Camera app that comes shipped with all iPhones and iPod touches is pretty limited in terms of features. Offering a simple point and shoot approach, the only real options allow the user to enable or disable HDR, display a grid on the screen or toggle the LED flash between on, off or automatic. Facial detection finishes off what is a simple, but extremely functional app. The Dater tweak that has landed in Cydia exists to add certain information to all photographs that are taken with the iPhone’s camera.
The core functionality of Dater allows users to see exactly when the photograph was taken. The native Camera application functions exactly in the same way as users have come to expect, except when viewing the photograph through the Camera Roll, a time and date label is added to the image. For a lot of people, including myself, appending the photographs with this information is extremely useful. The Dater tweak also goes on a step further by allowing users to view more information pertaining to the image.
By pressing and holding on a photograph, the standard action menu has been appended with another entry besides the usual ‘Copy’ option. By selecting the ‘Image Info’ option which this package provides, users can view things like the size of the image, the date and time it was created, the physical dimensions of the photograph, when it was last modified, as well location co-ordinates of where the photo was taken – Location Services will need to be enabled through the Settings application for this to provide any data.
Dater is available to download from the BigBoss repository for $0.99 and requires a jailbroken device with iOS 5 or above.